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NCGA.ORG | FALL 2017 31 F irst off, writing this for a Northern California publication feels a bit like USC marching into Stanford Stadium on college football Saturday. Then looking over on the sideline to see that Cardinal alums Tom Watson, Michelle Wie and Andrew Luck are reffing the game. Hey, while we can't expect this to be called down the middle, Southern California nonetheless fields a strong team. To stretch the football analogy, Torrey Pines is Southern California's quarterback and undoubted leader. The South Course reigns supreme when it comes to municipal facilities, not just in the state but across the country. William F. Bell originally charted the oceanfront North and South Courses at Torrey. Rees Jones renovated the South side in 2001 prior to the 2008 U.S. Open with a return engagement slated for 2021, while Tom Weiskopf touched up the North. The Bell family also helped develop many of Los Angeles's great private courses, including Bel-Air, Riviera and L.A. Country Club (pictured). LACC played host to this summer's Walker Cup, and will invite the USGA back for the 2023 U.S. Open. Gil Hanse recently completed a full renovation of the South Course at LACC after restoring the North Course in 2010. While L.A.'s PGA Tour stop has changed names and title spon- sors (now the Genesis Open), Riviera has remained a staple on the calendar for more than 50 years. LACC and The Riv are tough to get into, even for Hollywood celebs. But there are plenty of other top-notch golf offerings for the Hollywood elite such as Brentwood, Hillcrest, Sherwood and Wilshire Country Clubs. Callaway Golf CEO Chip Brewer and its brand ambassador Phil Mickelson call The Bridges, a Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design, home. Mickelson sometimes hops over to The Farms Golf Club, where Annika Sorenstam and Tom Lehman are members. The Nicklaus designed Stadium Course at PGA West is a desert delight for those seeking oasis golf. We might need the Electoral College to break this tie if not for Carlsbad, which gives Southern California the edge in this com- petition; it's like having a great placekicker when the clock is running out in a tie game (to keep the football analogy intact). The Crossings at Carlsbad opened in 2007 and is located less than a mile from the Callaway, TaylorMade, Titleist and Cobra Puma headquarters. So put another three points on the board. While Pebble Beach is a bucket list course, give me the sun and glamour of Southern California any day. Tony Starks is PGA Magazine's Associate Editor and lives in San Diego. COURTESY USGA COUNTER POINT Southern California by a Nose of a Football BY TONY STARKS

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